Accounting Minor

All currently admitted William & Mary students interested in a business minor must apply for admission to the Undergraduate Business Program. The accounting minor requires a minimum of 18 credits hours of coursework in accounting and business. 

Thinking CPA? Students considering the CPA route are advised to speak with an academic advisor about ways to meet CPA exam and licensure requirements.

Required Courses
BUAD 203 - Principles of Accounting

(3 credits) 

A study of the use and preparation of financial information and the accounting system as an interpretative tool to communicate information about a variety of economic events to both internal and external users. Topics covered include the preparation and interpretation of financial statements for external users as well as managerial uses of accounting data, cost analysis, budgeting and performance evaluation.

BUAD 301 - Financial Reporting & Analysis

(3 credits)

This course focuses on the financial reporting environment: evaluating the quality of the reported information, analyzing reporting choices, and assessing the role of financial information in resource allocation decisions. Topics traditionally included in intermediate accounting are covered by analyzing key business transactions on the financial statements and measures of performance evaluations such as profitability, competitiveness, and leverage. This course is designed to be taken as either a one-semester course or as part of a two-semester sequence with BUAD 302 - Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis.

Electives (Choose Four)
BUAD 302 - Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis

(3 credits)

This course focuses on an advanced study of topics in financial reporting that are traditionally considered in intermediate accounting. Reporting issues related to topics such as pensions, stock options, and deferred taxes are considered with reference to original source materials and accounting research.

BUAD 303 - Strategic Cost Management

(3 credits) 

Applications of cost analysis to inventory valuation and income determination and planning and control of routine operations and non-routine decisions. This course emphasizes the relevance of cost concepts to modern decision tools. Substantial use of problems and cases.

BUAD 304 - Non-for-Profit Accounting, Control & Analysis

(3 credits) 

This course focuses on accounting and financial management concepts unique to the nonprofit sector. Topics include: the preparation and use of not-for-profit financial statements, tax reporting, audit requirements, and managerial planning and control. Students will learn both how to create reports and how to analyze information from the perspective of nonprofit managers, board members, regulators, donors, and creditors.

BUAD 401 - International Accounting

(3 credits) 

This course focuses on accounting related to international issues. Topics include: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), accounting for derivatives and transactions denominated in foreign currencies, international audit issues, and international tax issues. Students will learn both the accounting for international transactions as well as hot to analyze and interpret financial information prepared using different accounting systems.

BUAD 404 - Auditing and Internal Controls

(3 credits) 

Application of technology, modeling, statistics and other auditing procedures within the framework of generally accepted auditing standards. Reporting, ethics, international practices and case applications are emphasized.

BUAD 405 - Federal Taxation

(3 credits) 

An analysis of the federal income tax laws. Development of conceptual awareness of federal income tax structure and tax planning, and gaining ability to determine solutions to problems confronting the individual and business taxpayer.

BUAD 406 - Financial Reporting & Taxation of Business Entities

(3 credits)

This course integrates complex tax and financial reporting issues in the context of transactions of business entities. Tax topics include an advanced study of corporate taxation and partnership taxation. Financial reporting topics include intercorporate investments, business combinations, and consolidated financial statements.